Plein air subject
The painting above is one I began last Summer, completing the drawing on 15"w x 22"H watercolor paper at Mill Race Village, Northville, an area where old historic buildings welcome visitors. They include homes, a schoolhouse, a church, etc. They were originally inhabited in various Michigan locations, and then transported to the area. It might have been near July Fourth when I drew it, as it was decked out with the red, white, and blue "bunting" pictured here.
Going back to the subject now, I definitely was interested in "suggesting" some of the building's ornate trim. I'm not much of a detail painter, so I wanted to merely give an idea of what a vintage home like this would have to offer decoratively speaking. I have numerous photos that helped me along the way, and, as usual for me, I left some areas unpainted, especially the upper portions of the house, so the viewer would complete the image in his own mind. The focus is on the bunting, the porch, and the areas surrounding the colorful and proud American bunting. Looks like I'll be painting outdoors on Wednesday afternoon this week, but I'll definitely have my trusty camera along with me to help me complete the scene, in case I don't get finished. Looking forward to a season of plein air painting, now that the days are warmer.
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